It's an indictment of Hillman's managerial skills that Gobble had an 8.81 ERA last season. He had absolutely no business facing any right handed hitter.
And yet he did, in fact faced 20 more righties that lefties. And they all turned into Albert Pujols when Gobble pitched to them (correlation does equal causation, in this case anyway). It will be Trey's decision only on how Gobble is used and in effect how he performs. I know we should always be careful what we infer from statistical analysis but this is so blatantly obvious even those with stat allergies (you know who you are) should be able to figure out what's going to happen when Gobble pitches to a right handed batter.
Jimmy Gobble has value but whether or not that value is maximized will be one of the things to watch for in the 2009 season.